Julian Assange: Sweden considers reviving rape inquiry

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange gestures as he speaks during a news conference in central London. — AP

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said Assange's asylum arrangement with the country was ultimately revoked because of "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols" as well as his "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".

Assange now faces extradition proceedings in the United Kingdom, which fall under the jurisdiction of the country's courts and Tory home secretary.

What the government and its cheerleaders are really asking here is for us to suspend fundamental principles and practices underlying free speech and a free press.

Australian-born Assange, 47, also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in the U.S. for his alleged role in one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets in 2010. Assange had been living in the embassy for seven years to escape arrest and possible extradition to the U.S. I know nothing about WikiLeaks.

"The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange", Correa tweeted. The two women who accused him said they had brief affairs with him while he was visiting the country, but that he later acted in a nonconsensual way - including having unwanted and unprotected sex with one of the women while she was asleep. "The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it's been charged".

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee whistleblower who stole and later released highly classified material concerning the National Security Agency in 2013, and is now living in exile in Russian Federation to escape USA authorities, released a series of Tweets sympathetic to Assange.

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After Sweden dropped the case, Assange remained inside the embassy because he was still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said his arrest "sets a unsafe precedent for all media organizations in Europe and around the world".

In a grueling 18-month legal case, during which he was under partial house arrest, Assange's team called upon Swedish legal experts who suggested that Ny had mishandled the case and that she had a bias against men. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson noted that the statute of limitations for the rape case would not run out until 2020.

In June 2012, with his legal avenues exhausted, Assange finally faced extradition to Sweden.

The details were revealed during remarks by Valencia to the press on Thursday.

Clinton said the issue was not one of press freedom, but "about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government". Assange ultimately requested more information related to the password, telling Manning that while he had tried to crack it, he "had no luck so far".

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